Machu Picchu continues to draw thousands of people each year to marvel at the incredible structure. Machu Picchu was a citadel of the Incan Empire positioned on the Andes Mountains by the Inca Pachacuti over 500 years ago.
The structure of Machu Picchu is thought to have been used as Inca Pachacuti’s private estate and is now Peru’s major tourist attraction. Despite its modern popularity and being listed as the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu was completely unknown to the Spanish who conquered in the Incan Empire in 1572. It wasn’t until the American historian Hiram Bingham discovered the structure in 1911 that Machu Picchu would become known worldwide.
To have the best experience of Machu Picchu, we recommend the following high-end Machu Picchu tours. Note the only hotel positioned near the structure itself is the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Because the hotel is positioned so close to the Incan citadel, it means you can explore the structure when the majority of people have left the attraction or even before they arrive. You can choose from the following tours that include Belmond Sanctuary Lodge to enjoy Machu Picchu and the region’s many other Incan and pre-Incan attractions.
There are some fantastic luxury travel options and our top selection of high-end Machu Picchu tours include:
The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour
The Belmond Unmissable Peru Tour offers a classic tour in Peru with luxury accommodation and high quality service. As part of the 8-day Peru tour to various attractions and tourist sights, you will travel to Machu Picchu from Cusco aboard the fantastic Vistadome train and then return aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham.
You will visit Machu Picchu on a private visit. While here, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery, detailed exploration of the ruins, and a relaxing night’s sleep at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
In addition to these fantastic experiences, over 8-days you will explore the main tourist sights Cusco and the Sacred Valley have to offer.
To begin you tour, you will first arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima. While here, enjoy a night at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. This ranks as one of the top hotels in the city and you will enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep before your tour of Lima the following morning.
On your guided tour of Lima, visit the city’s main attractions. See the city’s Historical District where Lima was first founded to see the historical buildings, such as the Plaza Mayor, Cathedral, Government Palace, the City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the fascinating San Francisco Monastery. In addition to the historic district, you will contrast the area with a visit to Lima’s modern district and then visit one of the city’s most fascinating museums.
After your exploration of Lima, it will be time to visit Cusco. Cusco was the historic capital of the Incan Empire and the nearby Sacred Valley contains some incredible Incan and pre-Incan remains.
Explore the Sacred Valley to visit different markets selling textiles made from wool of the famous llamas and alpacas. Visit the popular archaeological sights, such as Ollantaytambo where the Inca won a battle against the Spanish.
You will then enjoy your trip aboard the fantastic Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. The Vistadome has large glass walls on each side of the carriage and ceiling skylight windows to fully absorb the beauty of the Andes.
You will stay a night at the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge allowing a private visit of Machu Picchu. This is the only hotel located so close to the magnificent structure. The following day, travel back to Cusco on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train where you will enjoy an elegant dinner while on board.
After this, enjoy a guided tour of Cusco itself, including visits to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo Temple (Koricancha). Other archaeological sights you will visit include Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay, the Incan Baths, and Puca-Pucara.
While in Cusco city, enjoy your last night at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, which was built in 1592 as a former monastery. The hotel itself is full of history, fantastic paintings, and antiquities.
The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour
The Belmond Adventurous Peru Tour combines an exceptional visit to Machu Picchu, luxury accommodation, and high-class service with some fantastic adventure activities in the Sacred Valley.
Over 8-days, enjoy an adventure experience in Cusco and the Sacred Valley while experiencing some fantastic scenery and a luxurious experience of Machu Picchu. You will also explore some of the area’s other fantastic tourist attractions.
You will first arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima to enjoy a night at the luxurious Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. The hotel offers some incredible views of Peru’s coastline.
After a relaxing night’s sleep, you will travel to Cusco to begin your tour of the historic Incan capital and the famous Sacred Valley.
In the Sacred Valley, you will enjoy the luxurious Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, which is positioned by the beautiful Urubamba River. You will start your adventure experience on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tour around the Pumahuanca gorge. Enjoy some spectacular scenery and visit different settlements and farming areas.
After your adventure around Pumahuanca, you will visit the archaeological ruins of Huayna Capac’s Incan place followed by rafting the Urubamba River itself, which you can see from the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado.
In addition to rafting the river, you will explore the surrounding area on horseback to discover the Peruvian Paso way of horse riding. The horses and style is world famous as offering one of the world’s smoothest riding experiences. While on the horses, you will enjoy some spectacular scenery of the Andes.
You will then visit the salt pans of Moras, which are still used to today in the traditional manner. The tradition has continued for hundreds of years. Moras is then very close to the next archaeological attraction, which is called Moray. Moray is one of the most thought-provoking Incan structures as the terraces are thought to represent a farming laboratory. This could be where the Inca managed to cultivate their many varieties of crops. For example, thousands of potato varieties are known from the Andes environment.
After a fantastic experience in this area, you will travel aboard the Vistadome train towards Machu Picchu. The Vistadome is surrounded with large glass windows to provide a visual experience of the beautiful Andean scenery.
You won’t simply take the bus to Machu Picchu as other travelers, but will instead enjoy a short hike through an area dotted with archaeological remains. Two of these sights include the famous Wiñaywayna and Sun Gate. After this, you will continue to the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge from where you can enjoy some incredible views of Machu Picchu. This is the only accommodation located so close to the fantastic structure.
After enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, it will be time for your private tour of Machu Picchu itself. Because the hotel is positioned so close to the citadel, you can visit before the majority of people arrive or wait until after they have left.
You will then have a tour of Cusco to see the most popular attractions of this fascinating city. Before your return flight home, you will also enjoy a tour of Lima to visit the Historic Centre and some other attractions in Peru’s capital.
The Belmond Insider’s Peru Tour
The Belmond Insider’s Peru Tour offers 7-days of luxury-level exploring, as you enjoy a guided tour of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu while staying in luxury hotels.
The accommodation you will enjoy on the Belmond Insider’s Peru Tour include the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, and the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu itself.
You will first arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima where you will be accommodated at the luxury-class Belmond Miraflores Park hotel. After a comfortable night’s sleep, it is time to head to Cusco to experience the historic capital of the Incan Empire.
After arrival in Cusco, you will be escorted to the Palacio Nazarenas hotel. This will be your accommodation and base to explore this fantastic city. Enjoy a guided tour to see some of the popular and important city sights.
While in the city itself, you will visit the colonial and Incan structures, such as the Santo Domingo Temple & Koricancha. Although converted to a Dominican Church by the Spanish, this was once the most important temple in the Incan Empire
Enjoy a visit to the Incan baths of Tambomachay, which were reserved for Incan elite. You will also see Qenqo with its sacrificial altar and the famous pre-Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Before returning to your luxurious hotel, you will walk some of the quiet streets to visit the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.
Your Palacio Nazarenas hotel was once a palace and convent, which is how the hotel got its name. This is one of Cusco’s most luxurious and exclusive hotels. The hotel includes a heated outdoor pool, butler service, and offers delicious modern local cuisine.
You can then enjoy a walk around the San Blas district, which offers some of the most beautiful and fascinating of all Cuco’s streets.
After a relaxing night’s sleep, it is time to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. See the traditional Andean villages and enjoy the scenery before learning some traditional Andean weaving techniques.
You will then visit the Urubamba River to enjoy your delicious lunch at the Hotel Rio Sagrado. After visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo, it will be time for your train journey to Machu Picchu aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train.
You will now enjoy a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu followed by a self-guided tour the second day. Your night here will be spent in the luxurious Belmond Sanctuary Lodge where you can enjoy some fantastic views of the citadel as well. You will have some time for optional hiking in the surrounding areas before your return journey back to Lima for your flight home.
The Belmond Essential Peru Tour
The Belmond Essential Peru tour provides a 6-day itinerary of some of Peru’s most famous and popular tourist attractions in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Included in the experience is a fantastic luxury tour of Machu Picchu in private service.
Enjoy high quality comfort and service as you explore some incredible areas. You wil first arrive in Peru’s capital city of Lima where you will enjoy a night at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel. This is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels.
After a relaxing night’s sleep, it will be time to head to the historic Incan capital of Cusco. While in Cusco, you will be accommodated in the historic Belmond Hotel Monasterio hotel. The hotel dates to 1592 and was a former monastery adding to your historical experience. There are some fantastic paintings, antiquities throughout, as well as a Baroque chapel and beautiful courtyard. The hotel also provides a fantastic base to explore the city.
To reach Machu Picchu itself, you will travel aboard the luxury-class Hiram Bingham train. The train includes passenger cars, two dining cars, an observation and bar car, and a kitchen car. The design of the train is influenced strongly by the 1920s Pullman carriages. Enjoy polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs throughout.
Aboard the Hiram Bingham, you will also enjoy some delicious cuisine with polished cutlery. The Hiram Bingham’s chef and maître d’ will provide a delicious brunch and a gastronomic dinner while on your way to the incredible monument of Machu Picchu.
After you arrive at Machu Picchu, enjoy a privately guided tour. Enjoy the incredible beauty of the area and hear about the history of the Incan citadel.
After exploring the site, head back to Cusco on the return journey aboard the Hiram Bingham. You will then take your flight back to Lima for a guided tour of Lima’s Historic District and for a comfortable night at the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel before your journey home.